The Wood Ducks and Canvasback Ducks remind me that winter is still upon us. They always make a winter appearance. At least the ice in the cove and Tracys and Rockhold Creeks has melted. I get concerned when the boats are iced in. If it is really windy and the ice starts breaking up, the hulls can get damaged. We always take our beloved Cantabile out of the water for a long winter's nap. But I walked by her the other day on my walk thru the marina and she is ready to romp! So are we!!!!
We actually have day lilies pushing thru the soil and the birds are singing more. So it is the right time for me to be full speed ahead with summer camp preparations. I met last week with Barry Hemphill, conductor of the Metropolitan Chorus of Arlington , who will be joining me at the St. Mary's Camp in June. We have chosen some wonderful spirituals of Moses Hogan and we will do a great Portrait of Cole Porter called It's De-Loverly. Still looking thru music to complete the repertoire.
Dr. Barry Talley will again join me at Chautauqua Institution Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. When he was music director at the United States Naval Academy , he wrote a very clever TV Ad piece that he is arranging for four parts. He is also doing a challenging arrangement of West Side Story for our Chautauqua singers. It should be great fun!
As for the Queen Mary 2 Cruise, we will be doing music with a water theme. I want to wait to finalize my music choices until I know exactly how many singers we have going . Currently, we have amassed some excellent voices, but I would love to have two more tenors and two more baritones. So come on guys and sign up. We promise you a grand voyage!
These summer programs are open to all singers 55 and over, worldwide. And if your spouse or friends don't sing, they may come along. There is a special St. Mary's and Chautauqua camp rate for non-singers.
Yesterday, we went to Warrenton, VA to meet long time friends Carol and Larry Jepson. We all lived in Crofton and raised our children in Crofton. I taught both their children voice. We go back a long way. We had a grand time visiting two wonderful wineries, Marterella and the Mediterranean Wineries. The rolling hills and gorgeous homes abound and needless to say, the wine was chez magnifique! I use French because Thomas Jefferson was the one who really started the wine movement in Virginia . And he travelled extensively in France. He loved French wine. Who wouldn't!!!
This morning I had a stimulating conversation with Donna Anderson, director of the Laurel Lake Retirement Community Chorus in Northeast Ohio. She has a chorus of 55 great singers and it keeps growing. We have been emailing back and forth and she had asked how her chorus could become part of the Encore network. Well, Encore came up with an affiliate program and I hope Laurel Lakes Chorus is the first taker. Very exciting indeed. More to come on this. We did talk about getting many of the retirement community choruses of Northeast Ohio together for an Encore three day camp. Sounds fun to me.
At the last Myerberg rehearsal, a gentleman came in, sat down and just wanted to listen. That is fine with me. But I guess our singing lulled him to sleep. So we all hummed Brahms Lullaby and he just kept on sleeping. Ah, the power of music to soothe!
That's it for today. My husband said I could not leave the house until I wrote a blog. So here it is! Now, can we go!